These Aren’t Your Dad’s Golf Shirts


When now of us think of traditional golf shirts, we probably think of Greg “The Shark” Norman or Fred Couples donning boxy cotton polos with arms that go down to the elbows, waving in the wind as they take a swing from the middle of the Fairway. Even Tiger’s duds were a bit loosey-goosey in the beginning. While that look has its place, we think that place is just no longer on the golf course.

Today, though, you can get performance golf clothes from head to toe. Golf pants are infused with subtle spandex and Moisture-wicking properties, golf socks have clever cushioning and compression and even golf shoes have far left the spiked Saddle-shoe vibe behind in favor of more comfortable sneaker-style kicks. This is no different when it comes to Tops. The best golf shirts for men in 2022 are made from high-quality performance materials, fit just how you want them to (slim, but not tight) and come in tasteful styles that look good on and off the course. Check out our ten favorite golf shirts below.

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Best Overall Golf Shirt

Evolution Short Sleeve Polo Shirt

Best Overall Golf Shirt

With a closet full of shirts from the golf-focused upstarts and time-tested Juggernauts, we would still grab the Lululemon Evolution polo off the rack first. It fits exceptionally well and comes in a swath of colors that are both modest and adequately splashy, plus it has some of the best anti-stink tech you’ll find on a performance polo. At $ 88, you can pick up a few and not feel too bad about it, either.

Best Upgrade Golf Shirt

Engineered Knit Polo

Best Upgrade Golf Shirt

We know, we know. It’s Tom Brady’s brand. But damn if this polo doesn’t look great. Knit polos found their place in the mid-20th century but have come back with a Vengeance in the style world, making an adaptation to the performance world an obvious choice for Brady’s eponymous brand. If we can hit the links looking like Sean Connery in the 60s, we’ll take it.

Best Budget Golf Shirt

Dri-FIT Vapor Men’s Golf Polo

Best Budget Golf Shirt

Two words: Tiger Woods. We talk about Tiger a lot these days, especially when it comes to golf clothes. He wasn’t a sartorial trailblazer, per se, but something about a simple shirt with that Nike Swoosh is just aspirational as hell. Think of winning the US Open is a broken leg in a Nike polo and no lie is unplayable.

Bonobos got its start as a brand that brought some much-needed Tailoring to a guy on a budget. It continues to deliver with its golf line, making performance gear that blends classic looks with subtle upgrades, like threaded underarm Eyelets to keep air flowing when things get tense.

Under Armor is probably now known these days for its ties to Steph Curry (who happens to be an excellent golfer), but also sponsors Jordan Spieth of the PGA, one of the top talents in the world. This has led to some fun, affordable golf gear that packs a ton of performance know-how.

Newcomer Radmor is bringing a bit of swag back to the golf course, eschewing the stuffiness and boredom of the aughts with a playful, yet sophisticated line of golf gear. There’s nothing wrong with having fun on the golf course and the Taylor Retro polo has just enough panache to make you feel good without being obnoxious.

Some of our absolute favorite workout gear comes from the Rhone, so we were delighted when it dropped a whole line of golf gear. This polo has the simplicity of a polo you might find at Ralph Lauren but ups the ante with performance fibers and comfy raglan sleeves that make for easy swingin ‘.

G / Fore is a new brand that makes some of the best golf gear in the game, this polo very much included. You may not have heard of it yet, but if you show up to the first tee decked out in G / Fore gear, your playing partners will already be intimidated.

Adidas has been in the golf game for decades and you’ll easily spot Legends of the game like Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia donning its gear every weekend of the PGA season. The Go-To polo is just that: it’s easy to match with any other gear you already have, plus includes a few subtle upgrades, like a front pocket and a UV factor of 50+.

Short Sleeve L.12.12 Pique Polo

An oldie but a goodie. Lacoste may not have the cache it once did, but if you pull on one of its new sporty pique polos, you’ll be comfortable and confident on the golf course, the tennis court or the clubhouse after your round.

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